NATURAL DISASTERS and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, floods, drought, bushfires, etc. all have potential to produce Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, dissociative disorders, and a range of other psychological difficulties.
The emotional reactions are not infrequently complex due to the fact that the traumatic experiences themselves are often complex and diffuse. They are also often accompanied by material loss, financial hardship, and/or physical injuries. A number of people, sometimes relatives and friends, may also be party to the disaster, therefore further complicating a person's emotional response.
In the early stages after a disaster, practical support will often be more important than therapy. However with severe or enduring emotional reactions an initial assessment with a GP or therapist is recommended.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: This page and this site describes general information about PTSD which may not apply to your situation. Information should NOT be used for diagnosis or treatment purposes. You should consult a GP, Clinical Psychologist, or other mental health professional for advice on your symptoms and the most appropriate treatment(s).